House Appropriations Bill Undermines EPA Mission to Protect Environment and Health

The House Appropriations Committee is considering a bill to fund Interior, Environment and Related Agencies for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 that would severely curtail the EPA’s ability to fulfill our mission to protect the environment and the health of the American people.

The House bill reduces EPA’s current funding by $2.4 billion or 30 percent from post-sequester 2013 funding levels.  This would represent the lowest EPA budget level since FY 1990.   By contrast, the Senate’s draft bill funds EPA at $8.5 billion, which is more consistent with the President’s FY 2014 proposed funding level.

Over 50 percent of the House reduction is to State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG) funding provided directly to our State, local, and tribal partners, including a $1.6 billion reduction to funding for repairs and improvements to the nation’s aging water infrastructure.  These reductions will likely force States and tribes to cut jobs they directly fund, as well as reduce planned construction and future job opportunities in local communities.

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